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John Sacher

Chairman, Westminster Forum

John is a former Director of Marks & Spencer. Among his other commitments he is Vice President of the Industry and Parliament Trust, a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and President of the Royal Philatelic Society London. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is President of its UK Friends.

Karl Snowden

Chief Executive, Westminster Forum

Through his consultancy company firstfloor ltd Karl provides tailored strategic and public policy advice to a range of organisations and individuals.

Raised in the Kingdom of Fife he is a graduate in Scots Law from the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

In his early career he led audit and management consultancy teams in PwC and Xerox Corporation across Europe, Australasia, Africa and the Far East. Back in the UK he joined Allied Dunbar as Chief Computer Auditor before going on to a number of other senior management roles.

He created, and led for a number of years, the first public affairs functions both in Zurich Financial Services (Director of Government and Industry Affairs) and HBOS (Group Head of Public Policy) before setting up his own consultancy in 2009.

Karl is a trustee of the David Hume Institute, a Director of the Westminster Forum and a member of the Advisory Board of Policy Action Ltd (Brussels). He has recently stepped down as Chairman of The Financial Advice Academy and has previously served as Chairman of the Life Insurance Association; founder Director of the Personal Finance Society and member of the General Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

He has chaired and served on many and various financial services Industry Committees for the Association of British Insurers, British Bankers Association and European Banking Federation among other organisations.

Adam Bruce

Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Mainstream Renewable Power

Adam Bruce is Global Head of Corporate Affairs at Mainstream Renewable Power. Mainstream’s core business is to develop, build and operate wind energy, solar thermal and ocean current plants by partnering with governments, utility companies, developers and investors across Europe, North and South America and Australia.

Prior to joining Mainstream Adam was UK Chief Executive of Airtricity, and then following that company’s acquisition by SSE, was Head of Sustainable Development at SSE.

Adam trained as a solicitor, and was Director of Public Policy at McGrigors, the UK law firm. He is a Fellow of the RSA and Chairman of the British Wind Energy Association.

Sir Michael Craig-Cooper, CBE TD DL

Director, National Bank of Kuwait (International) Plc and other companies

Previously, Advisor to Allen and Overy, International Nickel Company of Canada Ltd, Carre Orban and Partners, and Chairman, Disciplinary Appeal Committee of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Member, Court of the Drapers Company (Master 1997/98), and active with many other pro bono bodies including The Royal Hospital Chelsea (Chelsea Pensioners).
Co-author with Lord Sheppard and Bain & Co partners of books on management including ‘Management Audit – the management of change’ and with Lord Lane of Horsell and Professor N. Graham Maw ‘On Corporate Governance’.
Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.

Giles Deards

Strategic Communications Adviser

Giles set up Mapesbury Communications, and  previously has 15 years experience of advising companies in the financial services, telecoms, entertainment, retail and FMCG sectors on corporate reputation, including public affairs, media relations and internal communications.  He most recently worked as Director of European Communications at GSK Consumer Healthcare having been Director of Global Corporate Affairs at IHG, Director of Corporate Communications (UK & Developing Countries) at The Walt Disney Company and both Head of Media Relations and Head of UK Public Affairs at BT.  He was Government Relations Manager for Alliance & Leicester plc from 1997-2001.  He has an MA in Asia-Pacific Studies from Essex University.

Lisa Hayley-Jones

Director, Government and Business Relations, BVCA

Lisa is an experienced public affairs professional leading BVCA’s Government and Business Relations.   Her brief covers directing strategy on political engagement; coordinating business/government links with BVCA (British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) leadership and members, leading BVCA’s political activity/events across all parties and assessing/communicating vital political intelligence

Before recently joining the BVCA Lisa was Director of Political Relations at KPMG.  During her time at KPMG she was seconded to Rt Hon David Cameron MP during 2006-07 as Director of Globalisation and Global Poverty Review.   Lisa’s previous roles include Head of Parliamentary Affairs at the CBI; Parliamentary Officer at the Association of District Councils (now LGA) and she worked for a number of Ministers and MPs at the House of Commons.

Other roles have seen Lisa as London Olympic Volunteer 2012; former Special Constable with the Metropolitan Police for 14 years, latterly seconded to the Chief Commandant of the Special Constabulary at Scotland Yard.  She has a MSc University of London and BA (Hons).   Her interests include competing at dressage, swimming and a fanatic squash player.

Rory Scanlan

Director, Public Affairs, Arriva

Rory has worked in public affairs, politics and communications for nearly 20 years.   He started his career in the US Congress and went on to work as a parliamentary researcher and political adviser.  Rory has worked in a variety of consultancy roles advising companies across a wide range of sectors on communications and public affairs.  He joined Arriva in 2016 as their Director of Public Affairs.

Sam Walker

Head of Public Affairs, Aberdeen Asset Management plc

Sam joined Aberdeen in 2002. Previously, Sam was an Account Director in the financial services practice at GJW Government Relations, specialising in competition and regulation.  Prior to that, Sam worked at Westminster from 1992 to 1999 on a range of portfolios at ministerial, select committee and constituency level.   As well as a Director of Westminster Forum, Sam is a Member of the Scottish Executive’s Financial Services Implementation Group (FiSIG).  Sam graduated with a BA (Hons) in history from King’s College, London.

Miles Webber

Group Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director, Land Securities PLC

Miles was educated at Clifton College in Bristol and at Manchester and London Universities. He joined the asset management division of Merrill Lynch in 1999, and in January 2001 was appointed Director of Public Affairs for Merrill Lynch in the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, having spent the previous decade in the public affairs arena. In 2005 Miles joined GE as Head of Government Relations and spent ten years at GE, latterly as Global COO for External Affairs. He was appointed Group Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director at Land Securities in 2015 and is also a member of the Executive Committee.  Miles is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a graduate of the Windsor Leadership Trust, a Board Director of the Foreign Policy Centre think-tank, the New Israel Fund and the Brymore Group, and a member of the Jewish Leadership Council.

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